Katrina: Houston Astrodome is home to rape, murder and beatings

Scary. According to a raw IM transcript between Jacob Appelbaum, Joel Johnson and BoingBoing’s Xeni Jardin, who are volunteers of the Part 15 group down there to help put together a low-power FM station and wireless networks to help get the evacuees in touch with their families:

10:57 Raw transcript of comments by NOLA evacuee Clara Barthelemy: “The 17th street levee was bombed by the Army Corps of Engineers to save the more valuable real estate in the city… to keep the French Quarter protected, the ninth ward was sacrificed… people are afraid to speak out… everyone who was near there heard the bombings… they bombed seven times. That’s why they didn’t fix the levees… 20 feet of water. Gators. People dying in water. They let the parishes go, not the city center. Tourist trap was saved over human life. A six year old girl was raped in here.. 9 year old boy killed. A man in the shower beaten. No hot food. No help for elderly.”

Another evacuee: “Over 20 rapes per night happening inside this place. They bring in national guard for media purposes. Bush wants us to stay here to raise his ratings. Some workers are stealing the good stuff, like shoes.”

Read here for more of what Joel and Jacob had to say to Xeni. I’m shocked but not surprised.
Via BoingBoing